Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

Utawarerumonois a Japanese adult tactical role-playing visual novel developed by Leaf, which released in April 2002 for Microsoft Windows. The first game in the Utawarerumono trilogy of story-rich tactics RPGs. Into a world filled with verdant nature, populated by folk with fluffy ears and fuzzy tails, awakens Hakuowlo, a man of masked mien and missing memory. It was ported to the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. In releases subsequent to the initial 2002 version, it is known by its more specific title Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen ( Utawarerumono: Chiriyuku Mono e no Komoriuta). The game was highly successful in Japan and has since been adapted into a wide variety of other media, including several anime series, drama CDs, and Internet radio programs, and manga.

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

Utawarerumono is a story centering around the masked protagonist, Hakuowlo, who one day is found by a family of two girls and their grandmother in a nearby forest close to their village. He is badly injured and is soon found to have amnesia, so they take him to their home and treat him until he is well again. Hakuowlo is soon accepted into their village where he stays and lives with them, but before long Hakuowlo finds that life in this village is being oppressed by the greedy ruler of the land their village resides in. When these actions escalate into disaster, Hakuowlo leads a rebellion that culminates in his assumption of the throne of a new country, born from the ashes of the old, and named Tuskur after the grandmother of the two girls who helped save his life.

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

After taking and consolidating power, Hakuowlo soon learns that peace is difficult to maintain, and finds himself fighting a series of bloody battles to protect the peace of his country and his people. Along the way, Hakuowlo meets strong warriors from other countries and tribes and welcomes them into his growing family. The passage of time brings both laughter and hardship, but with Hakuowlo leading the way, all others are confident in their future. The story’s genre is at first a fantasy-style story with heavy Ainu influence, but later develops science-fiction themes. While it initially appears to take place in a fantasy world full of magical beings and new species of humans, it is later revealed that it takes place in Earth’s distant future.

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

After Tuskur is founded, more warriors assemble under Hakuowlo’s banner. The first is an impulsive and zealous dual-sword–wielding former bandit named Oboro. Dorry and Guraa are his two twin archer servants. Oboro has a younger sister, named Yuzuha, who has been sick with an unknown illness since birth and is usually bedridden because of it. The next man to join Hakuowlo is Benawi, a strong warrior who possesses a calm and logical personality—although he often gets irritated when Hakuowlo neglects his administrative duties. Benawi’s right-hand man is Kurou, whose strength is comparable to Oboro’s. There are several strong women who fight for Hakuowlo as well. Ulthury of the winged Onkamiyamukai tribe comes to Tuskur as a priestess sent to look out for the country’s welfare. She and her younger sister Camyu, who comes to Tuskur as a stowaway with Ulthury’s party, have powerful magic abilities extraordinary even among their own mystical people.

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

Features
30+ hours of story and gameplay
Thoughtful, slick, and active tactics-RPG combat
Dynamic Chain Attacks and flashy Co-op Chains
All-new Auto-Save functionality, customizable keyboard and mouse controls
A touching narrative with a moving ending

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